BT-50 now offers all the comforts

2017-10-18 06:00
The facelift Mazda BT-50.PHOTO: quickpic

The facelift Mazda BT-50.PHOTO: quickpic

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AT first glance the Mazda BT-50 looks like a truck. I thought I might find it a bit intimidating, but this was not the case.

Once I was in the driver’s seat, I fell in love. The height of this vehicle was actually the highlight for me. It felt higher than most vehicles even without monster tyres.

The stability of this vehicle is my second favourite thing. Travelling on the N2 or inner roads of the Durban city centre was not a problem at all. The visibility while driving is excellent being more than a step taller than most cars.

Mazda redesigned the BT-50 earlier this year to appeal to a wider range of customers, including families — that is ordinary people who do not necessarily need a bakkie for business purposes.

I drove the 3.2L 4x4 SLE and found that it is not as rugged as I thought it would be. The interior has been revamped to suit the needs of a family with comfortable seats and easy access (with the re-designed) side step to get into the “little truck”.

However, I found that it is not exactly skirt-friendly for the lady drivers, as you would need a hand getting into the vehicle.

There is ample space for three in the back seat and the ride is a smooth one.

The interior comforts are more than enough to suit the needs of a family and does not interfere with the practicality of this vehicle.

Parking and reversing the bakkie was also not a problem as this model includes a review camera with the display conveniently appearing on the rear view mirror.

The only thing I could not find, if it does come with this model, is a USB port.

If you are into driving through the bush and taking on the types of roads that this vehicle is built for then I strongly suggest you test drive the BT-50.

My 4x4 experienced lasted a whole five minutes as I quickly realized it was not my cup of tea.

At first it was really exciting climbing a dirt road hill somewhere in Amanzimtoti, but soon I felt a longing for tarred roads. It ventured through the rough terrain with ease and did not stall.

My husband said: “This bakkie has no turbo lag and handles these hills with ease.”

The BT-50 3.2L 4x4 SLE is available from R541 700.

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